Thursday, June 28, 2007

I trust you

L has recently been saying this to me a lot. "I trust you, mom." It started on the long road trip out here when we were taking turns choosing songs to listen to. "I trust you, mom." Okay. Now it is when I ask him to do something or offer him some choices. Today at the library, he wanted to play the computer, but needed a library card to do so. So we got in line to get him his first official Library card. "I love you mom, I trust you mom, you're the best mom in the whole world." A bit embarrassing since he said it rather loudly, and yet really awesome and nice to hear and a bit out of left field for me right now. What does he mean? What does trust mean to him? Am I even worthy of that trust? I am not the perfect parent!

The library card was cool. He signed his own name and was so excited for about 30 seconds, until he got to play computer. Then he was intensely focused on that. A fun milestone, I think - one of those cool rites of passage.

Well our new home is nice. There is a lot more yard and walk for playing, and more room in the house too. The kitchen is wonderful and the master bath is quite large. We are still very much not moved in yet, so many errands! Monday was truck unloading day, Tuesday was buy appliances day, Wednesday was loading the truck of stuff to go to storage of my SIL's that got left, Today was getting the bunkbeds for the boys, and furniture from storage day. Tomorrow DH gets to go to the DMV and I'll try to make the house look more like a home. We did get a great deal on the fridge off of Craigslist, which was neat. We bought the Washer/Dryer at Home Depot though with rebates/discounts/etc. Went with the LG Tromm with rear controls. It is more than a traditional, but we weren't wanting used on Washer/Dryer because it is harder to find them in good condition and non abused and then there is the cash flow issue too.

The finished bunkbeds:
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The trip out here went well. We stayed in Moab the first night at a hotel with a water slide - that was pretty neat. Though it turned out to be the only night we used the pool, since we didn't get to Amarillo until midnight the next night and the pool at the Holiday Inn here in Dallas was crowded or we were too tired. I will be reviewing the hotels on Trip Advisor, it is a great resource for hotels, check it out. We did go to Four Corners though! They now charge to go see it, which is crazy, but smart for the Navajo's. So here are our $3 per person admission to take pictures:
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My favorite photo from the car ride:
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Learning to write!

Well, we are in the middle of packing up the last of our amazingly large pile of belongings. The boys have been doing well overall with the unusual schedule and all.

L decided to make a list today of things we needed to pack. He ask me how to spell lots of words and wrote them, letter by letter, on his list. It was a cool moment for me, to have confirmed all the things he knows. He knows words have letters, and that he knows how to write those letters! His list was things like: Furniture, Toys, Notebooks. It was awesome.

See the important thing to me is that he is demonstrating what he knows, as opposed to me or someone else testing him on what he doesn't know. Asking him to read words out of a book just doesn't interest him yet. (Or maybe it overwhelms him.) He loves to have me read books to him, and he memorizes his favorites so he can "read" them over and over again. However, point to a word and ask him what it says and he won't answer, or he looks away and says "I don't know." Ask him about letters and he still won't look. He's just not ready for that yet. But he is WRITING!

Just a few months ago, (maybe March or April), he wrote some letters to Santa, (he loves mail) but it wasn't recognizable words, but cute scribbles that kind of resembled Sanskrit or something else. But there were examples of things he knew in that too. The scribbles were small & tight and in groups - like words and he said words as he made the scribbles.

I am SO excited about this. But I am also excited about the fact that I didn't make a big deal about it, and that I am recognizing the things he is learning and showing me in his own way. See - I am making progress too! I didn't even realize that the Santa letters showed any sort of writing skill, but now I can look back and see those things and say WOW!

Happy Father's Day yesterday to my wonderful Dad and my amazing husband. :) The Triple Citrus Cheesecake was delicious! (Visit Cooks Illustrated to find the recipe!)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

You Belong in 1960

You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

You Are 18 Years Old

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

Well, there you go. ;)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Of Jungles & Fish

On Saturday we went to the Festival at Utah Lake. We went because I wanted the boys to get to try fishing, since it was free fishing day in Utah. But we don't have any equipment so while we got to do some cool activities, we didn't do any real fishing. But L got to do the fishing video which involved a real fishing pole, so it was cool. We also made fish hats, saw an owl & hawk, and took a boat tour of the lake. There were several fun booths there as well. It was a cool festival overall.

Later that day, L helped me pull down some of the grapevines that refuse to die. I just don't like grapevines growing inside my garage, or killing my roses or other plants. The irony being grapevines enjoy being cut back. L loved it though. He said we were going through the jungle.

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We've been swimming several times in this hot weather. The boys love it. I love summer. So much fun to have outside. It is wonderful.

One week until moving day! I think we'll be ready. And I learned today about some COOL places in Texas to go visit - Fossil Rim and Dinosaur Valley State Park. I'm excited about them!

And the best news of all: I turned in the last of the paperwork for my master's degree, so that I am completely done with my degree now! YEAH!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Great Hair Day & Other Fun things

Yesterday was a great hair day. My curls looked awesome. I love good hair days, they are more frequent now, but a great hair day is serendipitous. Everything goes better on a great hair day.

L made a fishing pole out of a stick and a nametag zip line yesterday and was fishing with the phone. It was so cool! I was proud of his creativity.

I was in a very playful mood yesterday, (blame the hair!) and was not a good example, spitting popcorn kernals at people is bad. DH & L sent me to time out! It was awesome. Equal treatment means bad behavior gets punished, even if its Mom who does it. I thought it was a good thing for L to see - that adults get in trouble too, and we can handle it exactly the same as we do with him.

Why was I being so teasing and playful anyway? I'm not really sure, I didn't particularly like my actions, or some of the things I said in teasing, but they just came out. So the time out was good for me. I was laughing a bit, but it helped me come back down to a better place.

L played with a guy friend today and wanted to play "tea party". Love the corrupting influence of his girl cousins! :D

Mmmm... I smell pancakes. I am finding joy in these days that we are spending preparing to move and it feels great. :)

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Home Depot Kids Workshops & other thoughts

We went to the free kids workshop at Home Depot today. The project was biplanes.
Here is DH & L working on them:
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L has gotten really good at nailing thanks to practice at the kids workshops. He does very well. H is not so much great at nailing though he likes trying, and loves the finished product! Well, they both do:
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But pretty much, I made H's with some help from DH. It made me wonder about things that kids think they can do but really can't because their parents have done them for them. How bad is that?

I'm not really sure. It's not really a preschool craft, its aimed at 5-12 yr old kids, but they let us do them with the boys. And they do like the finished project. A LOT. I'd like to think that L has at least learned from it some, about how things are put together. I know he worked on his nailing skills. It wasn't really free play, or child led from the perspective that there are instructions, specific pieces and specific orders to put them together in. Is this really the parents enforcing a set of rules about how the craft turns out and expectations and setting them up to feel inadequate that they can't do it on their own?

If we didn't help them, it wouldn't turn out like the others, and that's what they wanted right? I think it is. I guess I didn't give them enough chances to say what they wanted and how they wanted to do it. L probably could have eventually done it himself with guidance, H just doesn't have the hammer skills yet. What to do? Probably take longer, be more patient and helpful instead of leading and being in charge like I prefer. Even with H. Because he is growing up so fast.

Well we got the package for last months craft that we missed to do with them at home, so I guess I have another chance this month to be good and patient and nice and genuinely helpful. And then there is also Lowe's workshops. ;)

Change of topic

L has really started to get into imaginative play that is genuinely his now. His doggie, who he has named "Fred" and he do many interesting things together and Fred also needs his own sunglasses, swimming pool, and anything else L happens to be doing. He has also tried to lead H in some imaginative home play that he picked up from a cousin I think. It's so fun to see.

While talking with a friend the other day about kids with labels, she talked about a nephew she has with a poor home life where the babysitter allows him to "run wild" all day. The phrase really struck me and made me wonder. What does it mean to "run wild". Can adults run wild? If so, is it okay for adults and not okay for kids? I think the meaning of the phrase is important, because I strongly believe in kids having free time to play however they want and do whatever they want. Structure is good in some things, but not all the time. Is that letting them run wild? Or is it when I don't make L put on his clothes until noon because he just wants to wear his PJ's? Or is it allowing them to eat pizza with me for breakfast? Or is it all related to a lack of discipline and cultural understanding of what is okay and acceptable as opposed to what isn't? I haven't decided yet.

Friday, June 01, 2007

8 Things About Me Meme

Stephanie at Happy and Free tagged me for this meme.

Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the
game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their
names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them
know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Here goes:

1. I love doing family history work, because I view it as a giant logic puzzle about my family. I do several volunteer things with it, including Find A Grave photos, The Obituary Daily Times indexing for the local paper, Family Search Indexing, and The US Census Transcription Project.

2. I have run 2 half marathons, but haven't done a full marathon yet (my goal). I keep getting injuries in my knees/ankles/feet. Le Sigh

3. I was in the newspaper on Wednesday for a cooking article: Salt Lake Tribune

4. I'm growing my hair out, wearing it curly and happily learning to style and care for it, thanks to all I've learned at The Long Hair Community

5. I love to play The Sims 2, and other simulation games.

6. I had to look up the word meme to really know what it meant. (My guesses were pretty accurate.)

7. I played the Tenor Saxophone in high school and also play the piano. My three favorite genres of music are classical, jazz & country.

8. I am crocheting my first afghan!

Okay, I tag Jessica, Kimber, Widdison, Brandvolds, Linda, The Rob, Hope. That's all I've got. We'll see if they do it!


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